Human remains under Pensacola building likely belong to historic African-American cemetery, Florida officials say | News

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The Florida Department of State on Monday (March 7) confirmed for the first time that human remains found last year under a community building in Pensacola were likely once a historic African-American cemetery, WEAR TV reports.

The train station Previously reported that in June 2021, local scouts discovered bones in a crawl space under the building in the city’s East Hill neighborhood. They were running an Eagle Scout cleanup project. The medical examiner’s office determined that the remains were human bones.

Since then, there has been speculation as to whether the site was an African American cemetery. City officials told the state they believe the location was once a cemetery, and now state officials agree.

With the consent of the state and the city, the mayor of Pensacola grover robinson said local officials will potentially consider including a historic marker at the site.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Florida Department of State said the exact location of the cemetery remains unclear. Researchers from the University of West Florida are continuing their investigation of the site.

“The UWF has completed the analysis, is currently writing the report and will send it to the appropriate parties. Therefore, at this time, we are unable to speak to this situation,” a statement from the university said. .

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“The analyzes take time and the UWF works carefully with the remains to be respectful and ethical in the analysis. The remains are not forensically significant, rather they are historical. At least six months is normal for perform analysis on a historical case. Once the report is provided to the state, they will decide on the next steps.”

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